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Tire Test: We Put the New Kenda Klever R/T to the Test on Some Arizona Rocks

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on July 9, 2018
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Anxious to test the new Kenda Klever R/T “rough-terrain” tire, we hit the road and headed to the 2018 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, with a set if LT285/70R17 Klever R/Ts mounted on our Toyota Tacoma. Our plan? Run some nearby off-road and rockcrawling trails to test the performance of said tires.

Developing the Klever R/T didn’t happen overnight. Engineers spent countless months and sleepless nights getting the design correct. Before hitting the market, the Klever R/T was tested in real-world terrain. Trails in Moab became the backdrop for gathering performance data. The engineers then took that data back to the office to get the design, tread pattern, and compound just right. Development time on the Klever R/T from concept to completion took just shy of three years.

The Broken Arrow Trail was a great testbed for the Klever R/T tires, with a mix of rock and loose dirt.

Just an hour away from Flagstaff is the highly recommended Broken Arrow Trail located in Sedona, Arizona. This trail is popular for Jeep rentals and off-road tours. While only a four-mile loop, the trail has plenty of rocks to test tire traction in a rockcrawling scenario. The Klever R/T had no problem making it up the rock sections. The tread latched onto and held its grip on the rocky terrain. There was no slippage whatsoever. This was our experience throughout the trail, and our Tacoma was able to crawl along with zero issues. Our favorite part of the trail is a section known as The Stairs. This section can be described as a steep downhill descent with extremely slippery rock. Try going down on foot and you will probably end up breaking your leg if you are not careful. This section is a true tire traction test. Again, the Kenda Klever R/T had no issues. The tires hooked right up to the slippery rocks and our rig descended the obstacle with complete control.

On rock, the Klever R/T exhibited outstanding performance. The tread latched on and held its grip, making our Tacoma surefooted as we explored the Arizona backcountry.

The tread pattern is aggressive enough to handle dirt and rocks, but there’s minimal road noise. Further, the Klever R/T rides smoothly doing 70 miles per hour down the highway. We also noticed how well the tires tracked on the windy road from Flagstaff to Sedona, and in general driving the tire grips the road very well. In the dirt, the tire plowed through everything we threw at it. Rocky sections were no problem. The Klever R/T has T3 Triple Threat three-ply sidewall protection and this feature is perfect for airing down and navigating trail sections where jagged rocks can puncture a sidewall. The rubber compound on the Klever R/T proved itself to be tough and durable.

Overall Score
Overall we have to give the Kenda Klever R/T high marks. The Broken Arrow Trail showed us just how tough and capable the Klever R/T is. The tire gave us the confidence to know that it will be ready to tackle any terrain we navigate through. Look for more on the Klever R/T in future issues of Four Wheeler.

Among the Klever R/T’s features is a strong three-ply sidewall.

Specifications (as tested)

Tire: Kenda Klever R/T
Size: LT285/70R17
Type: Radial rough-terrain
Load range: E
Max load (lb): 3,195
Approved rim width (in): 7-9
Tread depth (in): 21/32
Section width (in): 12.2
Overall diameter (in): 33.6
Maximum psi: 80
Weight (lb): N/A

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